Hawk Stalk

I saw this Hawk in the pasture stalking the birds I guess I was doing the same thing.

I figured by the time I grabbed my camera he would leave but he stayed for a few quick shots even though he saw me.

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Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Often times, when I am looking outside, I see a quick flash of yellow fly by.

This is the Yellow-Rumped Warbler this one is a female that is a juvenile. Next year her colors will be even brighter yellow.

They are quite the little songbirds I love hearing them sing.

I was actually in the house and shooting out a closed window I am surprised they turned out this well. She was about 12′ from me. I was using the Canon 400mm lens.

Listening to all the bird’s songs is one of my favorite things to do. It makes me feel at peace.

Nature sounds are all around you just need to take a few minutes each day to enjoy it.

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Birdhouse perch

This bird was on the tall birdhouse in the backyard it was barely daylight and a cloudy morning so I could not see what kind of bird it was.

I started editing it and goofing around with textures it and I finally got the bird to show up.

It looks to me like it is a brown-headed cowbird.

Nature has this special innocence and beauty and I love trying to capture it.

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Mr. Bird Update

Mr. Bird seems to be doing pretty well since his kidney issue.

I kept him in the house for a few weeks so I could syringe water a few times a day to make sure he was drinking enough. He also had medication that he needed.

He was so glad to get to go back outside again since he loves the outdoors he goes in and out a few times a day.  He loves basking in the sun, climbing fences, trees and chasing birds he never catches.

Our son Jeremy told me to get a cat fountain that in convinces animals to drink more water. I found one for about $20.00. We have had it about a month and the cats seem to be drinking a lot from it.

I took him off the Science Diet Urinary food because it was $40.00 for 24 – 3 oz cans.

I wanted to try the Purina Urinary Cat food and it is $21.00 for the 3 oz cans. Almost 1/2 price so hopefully it works. I also ordered the Purina Dry Urinary food. He seems to like the foods just fine.

Mr. Bird has such a tough life he is spoiled rotten but we love him and so do the dogs lol.

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Resin Planter Makeover

I had bought this resin planter at Big Lots about 4 years ago. I think it was about $25.00

Right off the back I painted it and added the letter L to it that was painted in an Aqua color to match the front door at the time.

I had grown tired of it and decided it needed a facelift.

We decided to redo this planter using cedar pickets. Jack did this part and I fell in love with the planter all over again.

We are adding pops of cedar everywhere since we added new cedar shutters to the house.

I stained it using Valspar Cedartone and it looks like a whole new planter. The pickets are $2.59 at Lowes and this project took about 4 of them.

This was a very cheap DIY makeover or repurpose of a planter we already had.

I love the way this turned out and I can not wait to add some wandering jew to this planter in the spring.

Use your imagination and see what you can repurpose into something new.

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DIY Dog Toy Box

Between Daisy and Zoee we had too many toys for the toy basket. I needed to figure out something that would help.

I happen to have a cabinet drawer in the shed I painted it with chalk paint.

My husband added the legs which were cut off some we had bought that were too long for another project.

I designed the writing in Paint Shop Pro and printed it out the size I needed. I transferred it using graphite paper and tracing it. I found a free dog print online and did the same thing to it. I painted the writing and outlined it in a sharpie. I painted the dog prints but sprinkled a Prisma glitter into the wet paint.

This would also work for children to have something in a den to put toys in.

They seem to like it but they have not grasped the fact they should put back the toys they drag out.

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Grocery Store Pick Up

Last night I placed an order via HEB Curbside this was our first time to do this. HEB is a supermarket located in Texas.

Our daughter Jeanelle does this all the time due to the fact she has 4 children under 7 years old.

I scheduled the pickup today between 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Let me tell you the young man was loading our truck at 7:35 a.m.

I am totally in love with this new service.

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DIY Headboard Footboard/ Bench

We had this headboard and footboard already it was a queen size.

I wanted to make a swing out of it using as much of the materials as possible including the support boards.

Jack said it would be too heavy for that so we ended up doing a bench instead.

I wanted to leave the headboard as tall as we could for a statement piece.

I love the way this turned out.

This can be done with any headboard and footboard.

Anything we can recycle, repurpose and DIY I love.

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